Vaccines from the UK arrive in Belize
Wednesday, August 4th, 2021
On Tuesday evening, August 3rd, 42,000 doses of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine donated by the United Kingdom (UK) arrived in Belize. The vaccines will be used to continue helping the country’s effort to fight the COVID-19 virus.
The vaccines were transported via a cargo flight. British High Commissioner to Belize Her Excellency Claire Evans OBE was at the Philip Goldson International Airport with representatives of the Government of Belize to receive the doses. Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) Deysi Mendez and Her Excellency Ambassador Amalia Mai for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Immigration expressed their gratitude to the UK for its contribution towards Belize’s COVID-19 relief efforts. These were manufactured in the UK. According to a release from the British government, these vaccines were not needed for their vaccination campaign, which played an essential part in helping to protect people against the virus and safeguard against new variants.
Belize’s vaccination campaign continues with the aim to vaccinate all those eligible within the country. Across Belize, over 132,000 have received their first dose of the vaccine, while over 51,000 are fully vaccinated.
Vaccines are now available for everyone 18 years and older. Persons who have been vaccinated for at least eight weeks are asked to visit any MOHW’s health facility to get their second dose of the vaccine.
The public is advised that even after getting vaccinated, persons are to continue wearing a face mask properly in public, maintain consistent physical distancing, avoid social gatherings, and wash and sanitize hands often. The ministry implores everyone to be safe and to stay at home unless conducting essential business.
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